Skip to main content

tv   [untitled]    July 29, 2011 12:30am-1:00am PDT

12:30 am
are no objections, i would like to make the amendments circulated in the draft amendment. supervisor farrell: second. supervisor chu: aye. supervisor cohen: aye. supervisor elsbernd: no. supervisor farrell: aye. supervisor kim: aye. supervisor mar: aye. supervisor mirkarimi: aye. supervisor weiner: aye. supervisor avalos: no. supervisor campos: no. supervisor chu: aye. >> there are eight ayes and thre nos. supervisor kim: i just had a quick question for ms. bowes, an issue that came up. the question was about visibility from the windows if there is wraparound advertising. this is a question i asked the
12:31 am
budget committee that came up through some of our constituents. >> that has been a repetitive question from the public and public safety officials concerned about looking out. while it is not exactly the same as a non-wrapped window, staff have confirmed it does not stop the visual impact of looking in and out. however is not as clear as an unwrapped window. we will assess this over the year and if the review indicates we are having significant problems about this, we will come back to you with that information. but it does raise concerns about that. supervisor kim: thank you. supervisor campos: through the chair, if i may, to the mta -- thank you, ms. bowes for your hard work on this. i do have a concern about the
12:32 am
experience of the rider. we want to encourage more people to ride public transit. we have seen a decline in some segments of the population, 2000 or 3000 fewer youths riding the mta. i am worried about the impact this will have on ridership because of the experience. it is not going to be the same as a bus that does not have this kind of wrapping. can you say a little bit more about what that looks like? related to that, has there been an effort to get direct feedback from riders on what they think of this idea? >> let me take the questions first. certainly, it has impact on ridership, but it is a trade-
12:33 am
off. it could be we do not have the bus if we do not have this money. if it is the question of providing service cuts or fare reductions versus having erupt window, i think almost anyone would prefer the wrapped window. that is a question the board has struggled with. well $500,000 might not seem like a lot, it seems -- for us it means five mechanics and parts and vehicle availability. ideally, we would not be doing this, but unfortunately that is not the case. that is the way we have been assessing alternate revenue sources. while they may not be ideal, if it means keeping service going and keeping fares down, that is what we would like. on your second question, i think it was related to -- supervisor campos: feedback from riders.
12:34 am
>> we had a pilot where we wrapped fall vehicles -- full vehicles. we got very few negative comments. most of the comments were that if it means keeping service and reducing fares, most of the public would rather see the wrapping. i have written these buses myself, and there is an impact, but if this keeps my lines in service, i would rather have the wrap. only 16 would be wrapped at any time. frankly, i do not think there will be 15 even with the cap, because of the market and the cost is so high for these wraps. that is the feedback we got is that there would rather see the wraps and have the service.
12:35 am
supervisor campos: i appreciate the feedback. not to minimize the amount of money -- $500 thousand is $500 thousand, but in the scheme of things, relative to the size of the mta budget, i hope we would take some time to see if there are other options in terms of finding additional money. i do worry about the impact on the experience of riders. i do know there are many people in parts of the city who have no choice. we want more people to ride muni. i do not think it is a good thing for us to create that kind of experience for them. i do worry that in the end it might be counterproductive to our efforts to increase ridership. >> this amendment requires an
12:36 am
annual review process. the mta board did this reluctantly as well. after the first year of this, there will be an opportunity for both you and the board to discontinue this after the first year, if the feedback from the public is significant, if we find alternate sources of money. then we will not have to do this in the second and third year. that texas strategy is available in the contract. -- exit strategy is available in the contract. supervisor campos: i appreciate that. thank you. supervisor elsbernd: i came in here thinking this contract will generate -- was going to generate $500,000 before the amendment was made. this is reducing coverage but still produces $500,000? >> $500,000 was a conservative effort. with the 15, we will have to work harder to get to the
12:37 am
$500,000. i cannot guarantee we will get the 500 dozen dollars. we will work as hard as we can to try to achieve that amount. $500,000 was our estimate. it was not an estimate from titan. supervisor elsbernd: thank you. i was sitting at the president's dais, so i did not get a chance to explain my no vote on the amendment. i voted that way because i am concerned we will not hit our 500 dozen dollars. for me, i am -- $500,000. for me, it is the quality of the ride. as a writer -- rider, i am more willing to put up with an obstructed window than to have to walk several blocks because the service has been cut.
12:38 am
do i want to pay $3 for that ride instead of $2? i will take the obstructed view. supervisor mirkarimi: to ms. bowes, please. i will stand, since you are down there. to the point of supervisors elsbernd and campos, i remember when we were piloting this i would be on the bus and ask people next to me what their experience was like when the buses were wrapped. i did not get positive reviews. one described as looking out as a feeling of for to go. they were not feeling it was a pleasant ride -- o. f -- feeling of vertigo. they were not feeling it was a pleasant ride. but there were not many people on the bus. in one respect, in the interior
12:39 am
of the bus there is unpleasantness. on the exterior, i hear arguments from people who think it adds to urban blight. >> when we did the pilot, the material that was used back then has been approved -- improved. the visual ability to look inside and outside of the material we are testing is much better. we expect to see a little more acceptance by the public. i have ridden those busses. the material has changed and is more porous because all of the transit systems that use them are concerned about the same thing. advertisers have made the material much better for looking in and out of buses. we have been testing to see if it makes a difference. if we hear a lot of negative feedback, we will come back during the budget cycle, and the mta board will decide not to continue this program. supervisor mirkarimi: since we
12:40 am
are struggling with severe deficits of about $680 million, $500 -- $500,000 is an important strategy to defray the hit. but when not something more robust in a strategy to try to add revenue or alleviate the deficit? why not reform the management of the paratransit funding? all these other issues are ruminating out there that portend to yield a much greater savings, and potentially revenue back into the city. why not that? >> supervisor, music to our ears. we will bring before you a variety of measures, which we hope you will support. it will require support from
12:41 am
state legislators to make it happen. we will have a menu in front of you to make it happen because in next year's budget cycle, we will be struggling because the numbers do not look good at this point. supervisor mirkarimi: thank you. supervisor chiu: supervisor avalos. supervisor avalos: this conversation reminds me somewhat of the botanical garden fee. this is a contract we have had before. it came before the previous board of supervisors as well. it seems to me that if we open the door for this to happen, even if it is for a pilot program, we open the door for it to happen permanently. i think all of us feel somewhat squeamish about this contract going forward. i think if we open the door now, i see having this measure or this type of bus wrap around for
12:42 am
the long term, forever. it is not that we are wrapping the buses. we are wrapping the buses with the people inside. i think the experience you have is vastly different, and i just cannot support it. i do feel really pained about it, knowing just what the mta is facing in terms of revenue, but i just cannot bring myself to vote for this. supervisor chiu: further discussion, colleagues? why don't we take a roll-call vote on the resolution as amended? supervisor chu: aye. supervisor cohen: aye. supervisor elsbernd: aye. supervisor farrell: aye. supervisor kim: aye. supervisor mar: no. supervisor mirkarimi: no. supervisor wiener: no. supervisor avalos: no. supervisor campos: no. supervisor chiu: aye. there are six aye -- >> there
12:43 am
are six ayes and five no. supervisor chiu: the resolution is adopted as amended. if we could call items 28 and 29. >> item 28 is a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of special tax bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $100 million. item 29 is a resolution approving the administrative terms and conditions for the greenfinancesf financing program and identifying the san francisco department of the environment or its city agency designee as the program administrator for the city, and setting reporting requirements, and authorizing the execution of a loan loss reserve agreement. supervisor mar: my staff has discussed this with the city attorney, and i understand these are non-substantive. you should all have the version
12:44 am
of this resolution in front of you. i have proposed the following amendments -- pages -- page two, lines 11 and 12, and on line 17 of the same page, we are replacing eecgb with doe, and i have added a section on a first source hiring that reads, "first was hiring, to the extent permitted by law -- first-source hiring, to the extent permitted by law, will create jobs and will work with city administrators to promote first- source hiring by program participants." those are the minor, non- substantive amendments. i will also work closely with the department of the environment to include progress reports to my office on local hiring efforts. i urge your support on these amendments and the ordinance before us. thank you. supervisor chiu: supervisor mar
12:45 am
has made amendments to item 29. discussion on the amendments. supervisor avalos: just want to differentiate between -- under the ordinance and the amendments you are making, the first-source program, is that the same as our local hire ordinance? my intention was we would replace the first-source program. i am not saying the language is clear, but i would like it to reference local hire -- i am not saying the language is not clear, but i would like to reference local hire. supervisor mar: is there some language you would recommend? supervisor avalos: if we could reference the local higher for construction ordinance. maybe we could come back and continue this item to later in the day to get the exact language. supervisor mar: yes, i would be
12:46 am
open to continuing this to later in the meeting until we get the language added in. supervisor avalos: i just wanted to question of that was your intention. supervisor mar: that is my intention. could we continue this to later in the meeting? supervisor chiu: at this time, you do have a motion to amend on the floor. we can continue these items to later, and when we come back, if you could clarify exactly what we want to do. let's continue items 28 and 29 to later on in the meeting. why don't we move to our 3:00 special order regarding the fillmore jazz community benefit district? >> item 30 is the public hearing of persons interested in or objecting to the proposed resolution of item 31, establishing a property-based community benefit district to be known as the fillmore community benefit district. supervisor chiu: let me start by saying that the purpose of today's hearing is to hear
12:47 am
testimony on the proposed levy and assessments against the property to be renamed the fillmore community benefit district. and in an engineer's report dated may 10 of this year, and the ballot for property owners. the proposed, renewed, and expanded fillmore community benefit district, per the plan, dated june 7, 2011, contains approximately 227 identified parcels. at the conclusion of today's hearing -- actually, my understanding is that it is likely that this hearing will be open for public comment but will be continued. i will give the district supervisor an opportunity to talk about that, but we will hear some public testimony after hearing from our district supervisor, so why don't we go first to supervisor mirkarimi?
12:48 am
supervisor mirkarimi: thank you, mr. president. we have been in this position before because of many cbd's that are presented to us and renewed. not all are created equal. this is the first that has been created as the jurisdiction and government -- jurisdiction of government and development was ending its tenure. i have 41 and continued to echo that warning to the office of economic workforce development and the people of the fillmore and western edition that great care has to be taken -- i have for warned -- i have forewarned. i had put the first cbd on a five-year -- which was the shortest of any cbd city-wide -- on a short leash of five years
12:49 am
to see how they would do. i had my concerns, certainly in the first half, i think, of the existence, but i think in the last two years, there has been great progress. i want to thank everybody from all sides, i think, of the community spectrum who have contributed to, i think, the advancement of the cbd and to the enrichment of the merchant corridor on fillmore and to those who have dissented, in contributing to the larger conversation. as is prescribed by law, since it is noticed, we should move forward with the hearing today, but there are some aspects of the cbd that still require some refinement. at the end of this hearing -- i will just do this now -- i will motion for continuance on this until september 16, so i can continue to work with folks. i will ask the office of economic and workforce development to keep my -- to
12:50 am
heed my requirement and understanding of continuing to foster. i do believe that the cbd should continue. i look forward to the refinements that should happen, and i ask that we return to this conversation and hopefully a successful vote on september 16. in the meantime, i think it is important to hear from those who have come to share their opinion with us. thank you. i will motion now on that continuance. supervisor chiu: why don't we do that at the end of the hearing? let me also mention that at the conclusion of the public hearing, the department of elections will be tabulating the ballots of the assessment, including those received during this public hearing, and then we will discuss tabulation to the clerk, who will inform the board at a later time -- and then will discuss tabulation to the clerk. members of the board wish to view the tabulation, they can go down to city hall. we at the board will not approve
12:51 am
the establishment of the district, nor impose assessments, if there is a majority protest. a majority protest exist upon the conclusion of the hearing, ballots submitted in opposition to the assessment exceed ballots submitted in favor of the assessment. ballots are weighted according to the assessment of the proposed property. we will first hear from individuals that wish to speak in support of the assessment district. each member of the public will have up to two minutes to speak, and we will hear from members of the public that oppose the assessment -- supervisor mirkarimi: i am sorry. i misspoke. in mid september 13. i said september 16. we caught it. -- i meant september 13. supervisor chiu: supervisor mirkarimi will be making a motion later on to continue the item to september 13. with that, let me ask if there are members of the public that
12:52 am
wish to speak in support of this district. if you wish to speak, lined up in the center aisle. now would be the time to do that. everyone who wishes to support this, if you could please step up to the center aisle. if you could please proceed. first speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. thank you for your time and attention to this matter of utmost importance to the residents, businesses, and property owners in fillmore community benefits district. i am the chairman of the renewal steering committee for the district, and i am here today to comment on the vital importance of the renewal for the next seven years. we have come a long way in the past five years. the proof is in the pudding.
12:53 am
if you come to fillmore street, it is light years difference from the time that we were subject to the redevelopment agency's influence and now, when we are self-governing and operating with an agenda that includes the most important aspects of any business environment. that is -- public safety, cleanliness, and marketing. we are urging new -- urging you to support our renewal and to recognize that, indeed, we are an evolving organization, and we intend to get a better. we have made tremendous strides. we know we have some ground to cover, and we struggle with reaching consensus, and an
12:54 am
agenda that everyone can buy into, but that is just part of being a dynamic community, and we are proud of that. we ask that you recognize that this is not a small matter. this is a huge matter, particularly since we are relying on the city -- [bell rings] supervisor chiu: thank you very much. next speaker. >> ♪ b. fill more jazz district you make me feel you really turned me on you knock me off of my feet now with jazz, lots of songs
12:55 am
filling our district up, like a store fillmore, you make me feel you really turned me on you knock me off of my feet now with jazz and song filled the district of -- fill teh dis -- fill the district up like a big store you really turned me on your knock me off of my feet now ♪ [applause] supervisor chiu: next speaker. >> that is a hard act to follow. very good singer. i am the president of the fillmore jazz community association of san francisco.
12:56 am
to the honorable supervisors, and to the general public, i thank you for this opportunity to speak. we do certainly ask -- signed you for the continuance of this item. certainly, there are many organizational and administrative struggles and hurdles and that we have had as a cbd. however, as the supervisor has so eloquently spoken, this community has gone through many transitions with regards to redevelopment agency -- the redevelopment agency. i think it causes for what i would like to call a mass anarchy. i will say that in a very brass way because we need to have some organized structure in the community for cleaning, safety, and for marking the area. without that, who will be the
12:57 am
person to take that on? who will take the task of cleaning the streets? who will take the task of making sure that when persons leave their residences, that they will be able to walk down clean streets and not have to fall over pot holes and things of this nature? there is a lot at stake here. i know there are many opponents to this, and there are those who support this. we just ask that you think objectively as you consider this legislation, and we hope that we have your valued support on this item. thank you. supervisor chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i am with mjm management group, and we were the consultants on this project as well as five years ago, when it was first born. i want to start by thanking supervisor mirkarimi for your
12:58 am
support and involvement. thank you. you really got involved and guided us along the way. what i would like to say is since writing the first plan five years ago, they have really stuck to their plan. this group has come together in understandably difficult circumstances and has cleaned up the area. they did what they said they wanted to do in their management plan. they cleaned up the streets. they marketed beautifully. businesses are driving down there. they have a beautiful brochure and beautiful website. -- businesses are thriving down there. it is difficult in that community. they have come along way. they have new leadership. they have an executive director hopefully starting in september or shortly after. they are on the right path. thank you for your suggestion to continue this item, supervisor mirkarimi. i think that would be an
12:59 am
excellent idea, especially considering some recent developments that may have influenced some of the voters, the property owners recently. i would urge you to give them time to get organized. i can see this moving forward in the very near future. thank you. supervisor chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> i am the marketing assistant to the cbd. i handle most of the day-to-day activities. i really would like to see it continue. for me, personally, it is a labor of love. i love going up and down fillmore street, connecting with merchants, going over ideas on how businesses can thrive, a plummeting, and seeing them successful. if the cbd does not survive, then that will not happen anymore. -- g
left
right